Queens Park Rangers have terminated the contract of manager Mark Hughes following a miserable start to the season and are set to appoint former Tottenham boss Harry Redknapp as the successor.
The 49-year-old Welshman only narrowly avoided relegation last season after taking over from Neil Warnock in January and has fallen out with his employers having spent heavily over the summer and failing to win a single game in the Premier League this season.
A statement on QPR’s official website read:
Queens Park Rangers Football Club has today (Friday) terminated the contract of manager Mark Hughes with immediate effect.
This decision has been taken after careful consideration by the Board of Directors, following numerous meetings over the last few days.
The Board of Directors wish to thank Mark for his commitment, hard work and dedication in his ten months in charge.
Mark has shown integrity and professionalism throughout his time here, but ultimately the circumstances we find ourselves in have left the Board of Directors with very little choice but to make a change.
The Board will now be working actively to put a new managerial structure in place as soon as possible.
Mark Bowen and Eddie Niedzwiecki will take charge of the R’s trip to Manchester United in the Barclays Premier League on Saturday afternoon.
The club will be making a further announcement in due course.
The sacking comes just 24 hours before QPR travel to face Manchester United at Old Trafford and if reports are to be believed then the former Portsmouth boss is on the brink of agreeing a deal at Loftus Road.
Harry Redknapp told Sky Sports News:
“I’m hopeful we can get it done tonight, there shouldn’t be any problems. I fancy getting back into the Premier League. QPR is a good club, with great fans and a great atmosphere. I am looking forward to it. It’s a big challenge. It will be a tough job to take on but I am up for the challenge.
“Mark Hughes is a top, top manager and a great guy as well. He was just unlucky and they just couldn’t get the results they needed. I’m ready to give it a go now and see if I can change their fortunes around. But it won’t be easy for sure.
“There’s some good players there and I have obviously got to find a way of picking a team that can win some games. They have gone 12 games without a win so you couldn’t have too many worse starts than that.
“It’s going to be a tough job to keep them up but it’s a challenge and I love a challenge. I am going to go in and give it my best shot and if it works it will be fantastic.”
“I will travel up to Old Trafford probably on Saturday and just sit in the stand and watch the game. If everything gets sorted, and I’m sure it will, I’ll be in on Sunday morning, have the team in for training, train Monday and then fly up to Sunderland.”
With the announcement of the new manager expected today, we ask whether the former West Ham, Portsmouth and Tottenham boss – Harry Redknapp is the right man for the job?
Yes!! He is available and he is the man who can work miracles. He is the man who is interested in getting the results now and not in the future and so if you are looking to set up the future of the club with youth policy and an academy then he’s not the man for you. He will come in to QPR, sign couple of players in January and get them out of trouble.
He did it at Portsmouth. He did a fantastic job there, won them the FA Cup and took over at Tottenham when they were bottom of the league. He took them to a respectable position in the same season and then secured Champions League football next season. He is the only candidate out there at the moment, who could step into the shoes straight away and do the job.